AuthorKarena Idy
DifficultyBeginner

Butternut squash is nutritious and also very easy to prepare for your little one. it is loaded with a whole lot of vitamins, antioxidant, fibers and minerals which would help promote your little one’s growth. Learning how to make different varieties of baby food could help in enhancing the general well-being of the child.

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins
4.1 How to prepare butternut puree by steaming
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1. Grab your butternut squash, wash the back with a clean water
2. Divide it into two from the stem and scoop the seeds and fibre out using a spoon or knife

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3. Peel the back and chop it into pieces for easy steaming. You could also peel it after cooking if you are not comfortable peeling it before cooking because of its toughness
4. Place them in the pot and add some amount of water to steam properly

5. Cook it for about 10-15 mins until it is soft or tender

6. Wait for it to cool and transfer your butternut into a blender and blend to your required consistency

7. Add breast milk, formula, or water if you wish to do so before serving your baby at a low temperature (30 to 40 degrees C)

4.2 How to prepare butternut puree by roasting
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1. Preheat the oven to about 200 degrees C

2. Repeat step 4.1(1 & 2)

3. Grab your tray and put a foil or paper on it. If you are using a foil sheet, brush it with vegetable oil

4. Place the two halves of the butternut on the tray, ensuring that the sides you cut are facing down, and put them in your oven for 30 -35 mins to bake until it is soft and tender

5. Bring it out and flip them over to speed up the cooling process

6. You can either peel the back or use a spoon to scoop the flesh into your blender to blend

7. Blend to your required consistency

8. Add breast milk, formula, or water if you wish to do so before serving your baby at a lukewarm temperature

Hey beautiful reader! Welcome to today’s series. We shall be looking at one interesting fruit that is common in all the continents of the world and around you. The good thing about it is that it is delicious for both adults and babies, nutritious and easy to prepare for your little onesThe fruit is also loaded with a whole lot of vitamins, antioxidantsfibres, and minerals which would help promote the growth of kids.  

Without further ado, the golden fruit we are referring to here is called butternut squash. Kindly note that since butternut squash contains seeds and develops from the flower-producing part of a plant, it is botanically a fruit. However, it is used as a Vegetable in cooking. So, we shall be referring to it as fruit and vegetable interchangeably. Butternut squash can be introduced to babies as early as four months if your paediatrician recommends so, otherwise, wait until your baby turns six months, which is a perfect time to introduce this healthy fruit to him/her. Butternut squash taste is like that of pumpkin. You can read more about pumpkin puree. 

Introducing or adding butternut squash to your baby’s meal plan is not going to be as challenging as adding spinach, any bitter vegetable, or other fruits because of its natural sweetness and beautiful flavour. Besides, if you want to enjoy this amazing vegetable at a lower cost, buy it in its season, maybe during Winter or Fall, where you could get it as much as you need to store for the other seasons should you want to be economical and save money. 

So, before going into the practical details, let us carefully consider the health benefits of this amazing veggie. 

 

Table of content 

1.0  Introduction 

2.0  Health benefits of butternut squash 

3.0  Choosing the right butternut for your puree 

4.0  Ways to prepare butternut puree 

4.1 How to prepare butternut puree by steaming 

4.2 How to prepare butternut puree by roasting  

5.0 How to store your butternut squash puree in the fridge and freezer for later use 

6.0    Other puree ideas to try with butternut squash 

   

2.0 Health benefits of butternut squash 

Thumbs up to butternut squash because it is intrinsically packed with sweet taste and healthy nutrients, especially for babies. Let us look at some of the benefits: 

  1. Boosts immune system: squash holds some amount of beta-carotene that strengthens the immune system 
  2. It has vitamin A, which is particularly important for healthy skin, growth, and vision 
  3. The vitamin C present in squash helps your baby’s growth, healing of wounds, and tissue repair, as well as in absorbing iron 
  4. Carotenoid zeaxanthin, vitamin A, and lutein present in squash helps your baby’s vision 
  5. Squash aids in digestion and reduces heart diseases due to its antioxidant 
  6. It also has a good amount of manganese that helps in keeping a good bone structure and enabling calcium absorption 
  7. Butternut squash has some amount of omega-3 fatty acids 
  8. Fibre, folate, and B-vitamins are also present in butternut squash  
  9. Due to the high antioxidants present in the squash, for example, vitamin C and carotenoid antioxidants. It reduces the risk of certain cancers, such as lung cancer 

 

3.0 Choosing the right butternut for your puree 

When going out to shop for a butternut squash vegetable, always go for the ones that are free of soft spots, firm, and heavy enough for their sizes. Those would be perfect for your puree. 

  

4.0 Ways to prepare butternut puree 

Butternut puree could be prepared either by roasting or steamingWe are going to take you through both processes. Most people prefer to roast theirs than steaming because they believe that roasting makes it taste extraordinary, compared to cooking, although it takes a lot of time. You might want to try the two to know which one your baby prefers. Please do well to let us know which one works best for your family. 

5.0 How to store your butternut squash puree in the fridge and freezer for later use 

For refrigerating choice: you can store in your baby’s tight containers in the refrigerator (3 to 5 degrees C) for up to two to three days. 

For freezing choice: scoop the puree and carefully pace them on the ice-cube tray and store them in the freezer (< 0 degree C). Once they are properly frozen, remove them and put in your baby’s containers or bag. Store them back in the freezer, which could last for up to two to three months. If you do not have an ice-cube tray, do not worry, you could also store them directly in your baby’s containers or bags in the freezer. You should still achieve the same result. But the only challenge might be that you would need to thaw the entire bag or container before scooping a part for your baby if he/she cannot finish one bag at a time. However, with the ice-cube process, you only have to pick the required number of ice-cube that your baby could consume at a time. Never freeze a puree that you have frozen already. It is not a healthy practice 

  

6.0 Other puree ideas to try with butternut squash 

  1. Spinach puree 
  2. Sweet potatoes puree 
  3. Rice puree 
  4. Carrot puree 
  5. Pear puree 
  6. Apple puree 

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Ingredients

Directions

4.1 How to prepare butternut puree by steaming
1

1. Grab your butternut squash, wash the back with a clean water
2. Divide it into two from the stem and scoop the seeds and fibre out using a spoon or knife

2

3. Peel the back and chop it into pieces for easy steaming. You could also peel it after cooking if you are not comfortable peeling it before cooking because of its toughness
4. Place them in the pot and add some amount of water to steam properly

5. Cook it for about 10-15 mins until it is soft or tender

6. Wait for it to cool and transfer your butternut into a blender and blend to your required consistency

7. Add breast milk, formula, or water if you wish to do so before serving your baby at a low temperature (30 to 40 degrees C)

4.2 How to prepare butternut puree by roasting
3

1. Preheat the oven to about 200 degrees C

2. Repeat step 4.1(1 & 2)

3. Grab your tray and put a foil or paper on it. If you are using a foil sheet, brush it with vegetable oil

4. Place the two halves of the butternut on the tray, ensuring that the sides you cut are facing down, and put them in your oven for 30 -35 mins to bake until it is soft and tender

5. Bring it out and flip them over to speed up the cooling process

6. You can either peel the back or use a spoon to scoop the flesh into your blender to blend

7. Blend to your required consistency

8. Add breast milk, formula, or water if you wish to do so before serving your baby at a lukewarm temperature

Baby puree butternut squash recipe